The Girl from the Other Side (The Girl from the Other Side, #1)
Once upon a time...In a land far away, there were two kingdoms: the Outside, where twisted beasts roamed that could curse with a touch, and the Inside, where humans lived in safety and peace. The girl and the beast should never have met, but when they do, a quiet fairytale begins. This is a story of two people--one human, one inhuman--who linger in the hazy twilight that separates night from day.

The Girl from the Other Side (The Girl from the Other Side, #1) Details

TitleThe Girl from the Other Side (The Girl from the Other Side, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 24th, 2017
PublisherSeven Seas
ISBN-139781626924673
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Manga, Fantasy, Graphic Novels, Comics, Fiction

The Girl from the Other Side (The Girl from the Other Side, #1) Review

  • David Schaafsma
    January 1, 1970
    I don’t have deep background in fantasy manga, but this first volume is huge on mood and atmosphere and likeable for all that. It has a touch of darkness in the art that works to complicate the sweet, innocent feeling of some aspects of the story. A young girl named Shiva lives on the “other side,” in a vacated village with a guardian known only as "Teacher". Teacher is sorta humanoid, and sorta creepy, dark, faintly Edward Gorey and Lovecraft. Teacher protects Shiva, helping her differentiate b I don’t have deep background in fantasy manga, but this first volume is huge on mood and atmosphere and likeable for all that. It has a touch of darkness in the art that works to complicate the sweet, innocent feeling of some aspects of the story. A young girl named Shiva lives on the “other side,” in a vacated village with a guardian known only as "Teacher". Teacher is sorta humanoid, and sorta creepy, dark, faintly Edward Gorey and Lovecraft. Teacher protects Shiva, helping her differentiate between the Inside and the Outside. Shiva and Teacher are also forbidden to touch, but they are connected in other ways. At one point Shiva leaves Teacher’s care to seek out her grandmother, and then we begin to understand just a bit of what is going on, but this is a series, and it is fantasy, possibly dark fantasy, so we have to be patient. There’s some kind of Curse where if an Outsider touches an Insider she becomes a demonic beast. So we have to this to look forward to.You get some idea of what is going on with the world-making when Teacher reads a story from the child's book, a story that basically provides exposition for what ‘s going on in a general way, but we are still largely in the dark. . . though this is okay, because this is fantasy and mystery is what we are all about here.The subtitle, Siúil a Ruin, is a traditional Irish song, sung from the point of view of a woman lamenting a lover who has embarked on a military career. It is not clear yet what connection this has to the story, but I will just bet it is relevant. I like the song, so hope to gets clearer.Siúil, siúil, siúil a rúinSiúil go sochair agus siúil go ciúinSiúil go doras agus éalaigh liomI wish I were on yonder hill'Tis there I'd sit and cry my fillTill every tear would turn a millIs go dté tú mo mhúirnín slánI'll sell my rod, I'll sell my reelI'll sell my only spinning wheelTo buy my lover a sword of steelIs go dté tú mo mhúirnín slánI wish, I wish, I wish in theeI wish I had my heart againAnd they may think I'm not completeIs go dté tú mo mhúirnín slánSiúil, siúil, siúil a rúinSiúil go sochair agus siúil go ciúinSiúil go doras agus éalaigh liomIs go dté tú mo mhúirnín slánI am quite enticed by this tale, and a little worried for Shiva for various reasons. Am I worried Teacher may betray her? Somewhat, yes. We’ll see.
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  • Rebecca McNutt
    January 1, 1970
    An artistic, fairy-tale story of understanding and companionship, The Girl from the Other Side is a beautiful graphic novel about darkness and the light, and which side good and bad really reside on.
  • Raeleen Lemay
    January 1, 1970
    Haunting, yet also cute, and beautifully drawn!
  • Ann (Inky)
    January 1, 1970
    Imagine yourself as a little girl, inviting a well-dressed, polite demon to come to your tea party. Would you be afraid, despite the horned monster being dressed in fancy shoes and a waistcoat? Probably.Our fearless, young Shiva does not just invite but demands that her protector and caretaker, lovingly deemed “Teacher”, has tea with her everyday. In a town and surrounding forest that has been abandoned, there is often not much else for them to do to pass the time - once their chores are done, o Imagine yourself as a little girl, inviting a well-dressed, polite demon to come to your tea party. Would you be afraid, despite the horned monster being dressed in fancy shoes and a waistcoat? Probably.Our fearless, young Shiva does not just invite but demands that her protector and caretaker, lovingly deemed “Teacher”, has tea with her everyday. In a town and surrounding forest that has been abandoned, there is often not much else for them to do to pass the time - once their chores are done, of course.The back story to the adventures of our two main characters is this:Long ago, there was a God(des) of Light and a God of Darkness that had created everything. “Rage drove the God of Darkness mad. He transformed his punishment into a curse and it spread to others. The God of Light […] built a vast, enormous wall to keep his curse from spreading.” The cursed ones are known as the “Outsiders”, and the wall only holds them back for so long…Shiva is left alone in a small town overrun with Outsiders, and for some reason unknown to us yet, Teacher takes her under his wing and cares for her like his own child.We go through a few regular days in the life of Shiva and Teacher - tea parties and all - until they run into a group of soldiers hunting for Outsiders. Will they run, or will they fight? And are human soldiers really the only enemies to be found near their cottage in the woods?I have not read a lot of manga in my days (which adds up to about 10,010). In fact, the only series I've tackled have been Pita-Ten, which delighted me as a teen; and the first few book of the infamous One Piece story, but this was one of the most enchanting and magical stories I have ever read, manga or not.The art, all done in black and white, is gorgeous and could tell a story with no words at all. The dichotomy of little Shiva in her white dress and rainboots against Teacher in his black suit is symbolism at its best. Teacher, a horned demon who confesses he does not even possess a mouth, shows incredible emotion through his eyes, as well as his careful selection of words. Shiva is absolutely adorable, funny, and never annoying – which is quite easy to do when writing about children, apparently. I know nothing about the author Nagabe, but I am willing to be they have children, or have spent a lot of time around them.The Girl From The Other Side is an exquisite, richly imagined fairytale, which the perfect amount of light sprinkled in a rather dark story. The concept feels incredibly fresh, even as it is a “Lightness versus Darkness” tale at its core. Perhaps it is because there is so much intermingling of the two. The demon, who is supposed to be ruthless and evil, is keeping after an innocent girl - while a band of soldiers, who are supposed to be fighting for the side of Light and Goodness, are bent on killing anyone they come across, without bothering to ask questions.Truly the only complaint I have is that it were longer, but thankfully, I can pick up the second volume tomorrow. Waiting for the third, which will not be released until Halloween, will be quite a challenge.I’d recommend this to anyone who is a fan of fairly dark yet quirky stories, fairy tales, or fantasy. It is far from traditional Japanese manga, and perhaps the most original story I have had the pleasure of reading this year yet.
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  • Jo
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a good read, I just didn't want it to end, but since then, I've discovered that this beautiful book, is part of a series. It takes rather a lot of skill to make a story seem so dark, but incredibly cute, at the same time.I love the characters so far, and the relationship between the little girl and "teacher" is wonderful. Despite the fact teacher has a tall and somewhat slender form, that literally towers over the little girl, she seems to have no fear of him. She demands that they This was such a good read, I just didn't want it to end, but since then, I've discovered that this beautiful book, is part of a series. It takes rather a lot of skill to make a story seem so dark, but incredibly cute, at the same time.I love the characters so far, and the relationship between the little girl and "teacher" is wonderful. Despite the fact teacher has a tall and somewhat slender form, that literally towers over the little girl, she seems to have no fear of him. She demands that they have tea parties together, even.The black and white illustrations are gorgeous, and they really fit in well with the story. It is obvious such care has been taken here. I devoured this book rather quickly, so I thought I'd take advantage of that spare time, and order the next book in the series! I will probably come back to this again, at some point.
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  • Calista
    January 1, 1970
    This is an interesting story that is just getting interesting. We barely know anything. We know there are humans and inhumans and if a human touches an inhuman, they will become inhuman. This little girl lives with teacher and he raises her. The girls mother died, we think, but the girl thinks she is coming. The girl goes out searching, this little child and sees some men from a village. They try and kill her because she is an outsider and must be cursed. We are left with a huge cliff hanger at This is an interesting story that is just getting interesting. We barely know anything. We know there are humans and inhumans and if a human touches an inhuman, they will become inhuman. This little girl lives with teacher and he raises her. The girls mother died, we think, but the girl thinks she is coming. The girl goes out searching, this little child and sees some men from a village. They try and kill her because she is an outsider and must be cursed. We are left with a huge cliff hanger at the end. Le sigh. The artwork is black and white and it's a manga so the story is read backwards which is so annoying. I keep wanting to read the correct way. It was a good story and it has potential to grown and be really interesting. I plan on giving the 2nd volume a try. It has a great tone and mood set for the read. There is the lightness of the girl and a moody tone of the world in general. It was good.
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  • Neil R. Coulter
    January 1, 1970
    I picked this up at the library yesterday on a whim, simply because the cover looked intriguing. I'm glad I did. It's a fantastic first part of a story. What I like about it especially is its slow, meticulous way of revealing information. The book seems to begin in the middle of a story. The author doesn't give quick, easy answers, but instead invites the reader to join the story and follow along. I always like it when a book has confidence in the reader's ability to understand and to share in t I picked this up at the library yesterday on a whim, simply because the cover looked intriguing. I'm glad I did. It's a fantastic first part of a story. What I like about it especially is its slow, meticulous way of revealing information. The book seems to begin in the middle of a story. The author doesn't give quick, easy answers, but instead invites the reader to join the story and follow along. I always like it when a book has confidence in the reader's ability to understand and to share in the imagination of the storytelling.The illustrations are calm, minimal, and atmospheric. They convey a sense of comfort, nostalgia, and compassion, but also a foreboding. There are elements here that remind me of some aspects of Pan's Labyrinth. All of it feels very much like a classic fairy tale, yet it isn't exactly a version of any specific fairy tale.I can't wait to read the rest of the series--though in a way, I'll be sad to have all the questions answered. It's rather pleasant to read a story that isn't yet fully explained. I like the mystery.
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  •  The Black Geek
    January 1, 1970
    The first volume of this interesting tale has themes that are already quite predictable: dark versus light, the cursed vs. innocent, human versus beast. The black, horned beast is the nurturing and patient caregiver yet is feared by the human adults. Shiva, the little girl, does not fear the beast and has readily accepted his role as both teacher and protector. Nagabe's art is reminiscent of the style found in the works of J.J. Grandeville and Kiyoshi Hasegawa.I will read volume 2 in this series The first volume of this interesting tale has themes that are already quite predictable: dark versus light, the cursed vs. innocent, human versus beast. The black, horned beast is the nurturing and patient caregiver yet is feared by the human adults. Shiva, the little girl, does not fear the beast and has readily accepted his role as both teacher and protector. Nagabe's art is reminiscent of the style found in the works of J.J. Grandeville and Kiyoshi Hasegawa.I will read volume 2 in this series in order to see if Nagabe leans towards a predictable, linear theme of good versus evil, or will he further complicate this narrative with additional plot twists while fully exposing the complexities of the main characters and their motivations (known and hidden)?
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  • Ana
    January 1, 1970
    For an eerie fantasy manga that features as protagonists a sweet little girl and a mysterious “Teacher” as her guardian, with loads of cute moments between them, this can get dark and twisty unexpectedly quick! I love, love, love the art style and the attention to detail that goes even into the smallest of panels. This will be one of my favourite manga series in 2018, that's for sure!
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    The Girl from the Other Side is such a quiet book. The mood on the page is very soft and unhurried with a slight shade or potential for creepiness. But there is still so much I don’t know! So much that I don’t even know what to say here. Color me curious that’s for sure.This “tranquil fairy tale” tells the story of a sweet friendship between a beast and a lonely little girl (Shiva) in a world of darkness & light, curses, and monsters. Shiva appears to be a village's lone survivor of a curse The Girl from the Other Side is such a quiet book. The mood on the page is very soft and unhurried with a slight shade or potential for creepiness. But there is still so much I don’t know! So much that I don’t even know what to say here. Color me curious that’s for sure.This “tranquil fairy tale” tells the story of a sweet friendship between a beast and a lonely little girl (Shiva) in a world of darkness & light, curses, and monsters. Shiva appears to be a village's lone survivor of a curse and the beast is the only one willing to take care of her. This mysterious curse travels through touch, so the beast and the girl can never touch, which comes up in sweet and sad ways along the way. Not much happens here besides naps and tea parties and wood chopping, but somehow I’m captivated by the story and the artwork. The black & white pages pulled me in at first sight.Is Shiva as cute and innocent as she appears? Is the beast good or evil? I have a feeling nothing is as it appears. I’ll keep you posted. I just picked up book 2 at lunch. I have to know more!
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  • Maija
    January 1, 1970
    A heartwarming manga with dark tones, The Girl from the Other Side tells of the daily life of the little human girl Shiva and her caretaker, the monster/Outsider Teacher. The beautiful scratchy black-and-white artwork compliments the quiet story perfectly and is just lovely to look at.I was instantly drawn to the two characters and the relationship between them: Teacher cares about her protégé, but can never touch her, or he will spread the Outsider curse and turn the girl into one. Basically, o A heartwarming manga with dark tones, The Girl from the Other Side tells of the daily life of the little human girl Shiva and her caretaker, the monster/Outsider Teacher. The beautiful scratchy black-and-white artwork compliments the quiet story perfectly and is just lovely to look at.I was instantly drawn to the two characters and the relationship between them: Teacher cares about her protégé, but can never touch her, or he will spread the Outsider curse and turn the girl into one. Basically, ow, my heart. The world is also interesting, with paranoid humans killing their own, afraid of the Outsider curse.The blurb is spot on: "A tranquil fairy tale about those human and inhuman."
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  • Mangrii
    January 1, 1970
    4,25 / 5En este primer volumen de La pequeña forastera: Siúil, a Rún conoceremos a Shiva y el Doctor. La primera es una joven niña humana que espera el regreso de su tía. El segundo, una bestia que pertenece a un mundo oscuro y maldito. Ambos conviven en un páramo del Exterior, donde habitan seres oscuros que pueden maldecirte con solo tocarte. Un primer volumen que nos introduce en el misterioso mundo de fábula que ha construido Nagabe, un joven mangaka con su primera publicación internacional. 4,25 / 5En este primer volumen de La pequeña forastera: Siúil, a Rún conoceremos a Shiva y el Doctor. La primera es una joven niña humana que espera el regreso de su tía. El segundo, una bestia que pertenece a un mundo oscuro y maldito. Ambos conviven en un páramo del Exterior, donde habitan seres oscuros que pueden maldecirte con solo tocarte. Un primer volumen que nos introduce en el misterioso mundo de fábula que ha construido Nagabe, un joven mangaka con su primera publicación internacional. Un prologo para una historia de 4 volúmenes que sabe jugar muy bien con la intriga, soltando perlas de información de forma pausada. Una narración amable y tierna pero con un trasfondo misterioso que nos hace andar en cada viñeta esperando algo más. Poco se va desvelando en este primer volumen, pero el potente cliffhanger final deja al lector con unas ganas inmensas de ponerse a leer de inmediato el segundo volumen.Si algo hay que destacar del volumen es el dibujo y diseños de Nagabe. Crea atmósferas inquietantes tan solo jugando con la dualidad de blancos y negros. Ademas el diseño de personajes es de lo más interesante, con una Shiva dulce y amable y esa bestia que en realidad no lo es tanto. Tengo ganas de descubrir que rumbo toma Nagabe en su historia.Reseña más extensa en El peso del aire: http://www.elpesodelaire.com/2017/11/...
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  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    Shiva is adorable, Teacher is lovable... Story and art are brilliant!
  • Hua Mulanah
    January 1, 1970
    AHHHHHHHH, WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO ME? How can it be so dark and creepy and CUTE at the same time??. Absolutely loved it.
  • Dani - Perspective of a Writer
    January 1, 1970
    Check out more manga and graphic novel reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...A quiet fairy tale begins in a land distant and hazy where there are two kingdoms. The Inside is where humans cower worried the twisted beasts of the Outside will come a curse them with a touch. A young girl named Shiva lives on the other side, in a vacant village with a demonic guardian known only as “Teacher.” And so starts our tale... a little girl comes to rely on an inhuman beast... I saw this first in an email from Check out more manga and graphic novel reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...A quiet fairy tale begins in a land distant and hazy where there are two kingdoms. The Inside is where humans cower worried the twisted beasts of the Outside will come a curse them with a touch. A young girl named Shiva lives on the other side, in a vacant village with a demonic guardian known only as “Teacher.” And so starts our tale... a little girl comes to rely on an inhuman beast... I saw this first in an email from Seven Seas, the publisher of the The Ancient Magus' Bride series which is hands down my favorite seinen manga ever. I knew I HAD TO READ IT! I have no idea if its girls or boys manga and really it doesn't matter a bit!The art is so unique, right from the cover. I love how her face is the only color... I knew right away this world was going to mess me up! In such a world where two such opposites are friends... life would play fast and loose with their lives and much heartache would probably ensure! I found the interior art even more gorgeous... There are frames that are so dark the details are screened in grey. Then they are contrasted with the frames with Shiva so purely white! It creates this atmosphere of tension that is perfect for this peaceful pair.The story is quiet just like the premise says... These two are living together and taking it day by day. She has to eat and he doesn't... Slowly chapter by chapter we come to understand why these two are together and just what dire straights Shiva is in. It's the most gorgeous of writing... tense and lean with nothing extra, just the perfect amount of information and a stunning use of the art to show the story rather than just being a vehicle to tell the story.With such a quiet and lean narrative it must have been boring, right?! Actually it was the exact opposite!! I have not flown through a volume as quick as this in a long while (it was actually a webtoon!) and I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. The art is so ominous with its contrast that you know Shiva with her pure innocence is bound to tip the balance and cause everything to tangle into a mess! Those chapter endings sure spurred me on with each twist...What clinches how great this manga is, is the relationship between Shiva and Teacher. She is the perfect age... you believe in her innocence and her trust. Without knowing his reasons for being at her side you understand that Teacher sees that purity in her even if she is human. Motivation is so important and you just get it. And that ending! GAAAAHHHH! Who would have thought that such a quiet little story would pack such a punch to the gut?! The Girl from the Other Side: Siúil, A Rún is just that... a special manga series that will totally rip you up with its atmospheric art, its powerful relationship between a little girl and a beast and the twisty unveiling of a story fraught with tension that could blow at any moment! I highly recommend giving Shiva and Teacher a chance to suck you into their world full of light and dark...⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Authenticity⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Tension⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Plot⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Art______________________You can find this review and many others on my book blog @ Perspective of a Writer. See my manga and graphic novel reviews in a special feature called Saturday Morning Cartoons...
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  • Ozan
    January 1, 1970
    There are two worlds, the inside, where the humans live and the outside, where monsters called outsiders live, it's belived that outsiders can curse you with just one single touch. In our fairytale for a more mature audiance, there are humans who are in fear and as a result of this, they do monstrous things and there is a monster called teacher who is gentle and nice. There is this stark contrast the humans are monstrous and the monster is very gentle and good. There was an abondened town becaus There are two worlds, the inside, where the humans live and the outside, where monsters called outsiders live, it's belived that outsiders can curse you with just one single touch. In our fairytale for a more mature audiance, there are humans who are in fear and as a result of this, they do monstrous things and there is a monster called teacher who is gentle and nice. There is this stark contrast the humans are monstrous and the monster is very gentle and good. There was an abondened town because of the outsider invation where Teacher found a little girl who was left behind and Teacher started to take care of the little girl called Shiva. The story revolves around the father doughter relationship between them. I don't want to give spoilers but the human soldiers' chase of the little girl shiva in the forest to kill her just broke my heart, shiva is bearly 7 years old at most... Poor little girl. A good example of how fear can make humans act in really really monstrous ways... And i don't think this fear is even for right reasons. I don't think that everything that told about ousiders are true.
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  • Mizuki
    January 1, 1970
    The Girl from the Other Side is a sweet, slightly gloomy but engaging fairy tale about a little girl in white (named Shiva) and a humanoid horned black beast (named Teacher) living in a small cottage among the wood, in a world which is divided as Inside and Outside, Cursed and Cursed.The people from the Inside fear the Cursed Ones (black and beastly humanoid creatures who wander in the woods) from the Outside, so they protect themselves by surrounding their towns with a great wall to keep the Cu The Girl from the Other Side is a sweet, slightly gloomy but engaging fairy tale about a little girl in white (named Shiva) and a humanoid horned black beast (named Teacher) living in a small cottage among the wood, in a world which is divided as Inside and Outside, Cursed and Cursed.The people from the Inside fear the Cursed Ones (black and beastly humanoid creatures who wander in the woods) from the Outside, so they protect themselves by surrounding their towns with a great wall to keep the Cursed Ones and their Curse out. But at the outskirt of this wall, live an oblivious little girl who stays with her Teacher and awaits the return of her 'Auntie'. But when human soldiers start searching the woods, things can become very dangerous for the trusting little girl.This first volume gives such the basic world building and establishment of our two MCs. The world building is refreshing enough but what really intrigued me is the terrific artwork, it has a sweet yet unsetting fairy tale quality in it and in part the beauty of the woods and the abandoned village the MCs live in, is expressed like it's from an impressionist painting. OMG, I'm totally smitten and enchanted.
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  • Alexandra
    January 1, 1970
    i randomly came across this book while doing some online book shopping. had never heard of it before, nor do i know what tale it is based off of (because i feel like it's based off something?) but nonetheless, i decided to get it and see what it was all about and thank goodness i bought the first 3 volumes because i would have been SO PISSED to leave off at that cliffhanger and then have to wait a few days to find out what's going to happen the girl from the other side is about an adorable littl i randomly came across this book while doing some online book shopping. had never heard of it before, nor do i know what tale it is based off of (because i feel like it's based off something?) but nonetheless, i decided to get it and see what it was all about and thank goodness i bought the first 3 volumes because i would have been SO PISSED to leave off at that cliffhanger and then have to wait a few days to find out what's going to happen the girl from the other side is about an adorable little girl who lives in a cottage in the woods with a strange looking "Outsider" called Teacher. he looks extremely scary and slender man-esque with his tall and skinny form that towers over Shiva 👧🏻💕she isn't afraid of him at all though, and he's incredibly gentle and kind with her. this actually kind of reminds me of beauty and the beast a little bit. except they are not lovers, as Shiva is a small child, and Teacher can't even lay a hand on her at all, lest she become cursed.i read this in like a half hour, it's so good that i couldn't stop. the illustrations are in black and white but they are very intricate and beautiful. Teacher is adorable in his own way. my favorite drawing is the one of his face when Shiva puts the flower crown on him 😊💐🦅 because he reminds me of a disgruntled crow 🙊💙 and this is irrelevant to how much i enjoyed the story but i must mention that i bought this new and the pages smell like newspaper pages, with a hint of deli pickles and i can't stop smelling the pages seriously send help 🙈📰🥒can't wait to get to the next volume. if only all manga was this good..this is right up my alley
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  • Elizabeth A
    January 1, 1970
    "This is a story of two people--one human, one inhuman--who linger in the hazy twilight that separates night from day. "This manga is wonderfully strange and atmospheric. In this fairy tale like story, there are two kingdoms: "the Outside, where twisted beasts roamed that could curse with a touch, and the Inside, where humans lived in safety and peace."In this tale we spent time with, and get to know, a young girl called Shiva, and a monster she calls Teacher. The thing to remember (and we often "This is a story of two people--one human, one inhuman--who linger in the hazy twilight that separates night from day. "This manga is wonderfully strange and atmospheric. In this fairy tale like story, there are two kingdoms: "the Outside, where twisted beasts roamed that could curse with a touch, and the Inside, where humans lived in safety and peace."In this tale we spent time with, and get to know, a young girl called Shiva, and a monster she calls Teacher. The thing to remember (and we often forget this), what is monstress is in the eye of the beholder. I loved the sweetness of their relationship, and the black and white art wonderfully sets the mood for this dark tale, but there are so many things that are not clear as of yet. Things are revealed slowly, and I expect future volumes to fill in the blanks. This is a fun quick read.
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  • daisy
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a breath of fresh air after getting through a scifi-horror lmaoLovely art brings the endearing relationship between Teacher, one of the monsters known as 'Outsiders', and Shiva, an adorable little girl, to life. Not a whole lot of information has been revealed at this stage, but it is only the first volume, so I'm very interested to see what happens next!
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  • Devann
    January 1, 1970
    This was a pretty good first volume, although I am hoping to get more background on the characters and the world in the future. Still, the art is absolutely gorgeous and I love the 'monster' designs. The whole thing has a very ethereal fairy tale feel to it that I'm really enjoying. Definitely going to be continuing with this.
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  • Ignacio
    January 1, 1970
    Historia muy sencilla sobre la otredad y la naturaleza del monstruo construida a partir de la entrañable relación entre sus dos protagonistas. El trabajo gráfico de Nagabe, cómo refuerza la naturaleza luminosa u oscura de los personajes y el escenario con su trazo, las manchas, la claridad y las sombras, qué muestra y qué oculta, es sobresaliente.
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  • Victoria ♡
    January 1, 1970
    Such an intriguing first volume! The story is pretty unique and the art style is beautiful, can't wait to read more!
  • amanda ♡
    January 1, 1970
    So mysterious, dark, and cute at the same time :’)
  • Christoph
    January 1, 1970
    „In der Dunkelheit wartet die Hoffnung.“„Hast Du das verstanden?Wenn Du einen Fremden triffst, darfst Du ihn auf gar keinen Fall berühren.Lauf einfach weg.Warum?Nun, du ....... wirst sonst verflucht.“Die Welt der Sagen und Märchen ist erfüllt von Warnungen und Flüchen, meide den Kontakt zu ... gehe nicht dorthin ... und wenn, dann wird Dich ein Fluch treffen. So auch hier, in dieser Geschichte. Großmutter warnt die kleine Shiva davor, dass sie keinen Fremden berühren soll, lieber gleich weglaufe „In der Dunkelheit wartet die Hoffnung.“„Hast Du das verstanden?Wenn Du einen Fremden triffst, darfst Du ihn auf gar keinen Fall berühren.Lauf einfach weg.Warum?Nun, du ....... wirst sonst verflucht.“Die Welt der Sagen und Märchen ist erfüllt von Warnungen und Flüchen, meide den Kontakt zu ... gehe nicht dorthin ... und wenn, dann wird Dich ein Fluch treffen. So auch hier, in dieser Geschichte. Großmutter warnt die kleine Shiva davor, dass sie keinen Fremden berühren soll, lieber gleich weglaufen soll. Kurz darauf sehen wir das kleine Mädchen im Wald auf einer Lichtung, schlummernd und die Zeit vergessend. Sie wird munter und merkt, dass sie spät dran ist und gleich heimlaufen sollte. Der Doktor wird sonst böse sein, sagt sie leise vor sich hin.Just in diesem Moment erscheint eine dunkle, gar schwarze Gestalt, groß und mit den Hörnern einer Schraubenziege auf dem Kopf auf der Lichtung und das Mädchen begrüßt diese als den Doktor. Er begleitet das Mädchen durch den Wald in das Dorf. Dorthin, wo die beiden leben. Er kümmert sich liebevoll um sie, kocht, wäscht die Kleidung und versorgt sie - immer darauf achtend, dass sich beide nicht berühren. Niemand sonst ist mehr zu sehen, keine Dorfbewohner, keine Familie, niemand. Immer wieder fragt das kleine Mädchen nach der Großmutter und das Wesen, der Doktor, bemüht sich sehr das Mädchen glücklich zu machen und erzählt ihr, dass diese auf dem Weg ist. Wissend, dass die Wahrheit das Mädchen traurig machen wird.Erzählerisch düster, unterstützt durch die Grafik, wird hier eine Mischung verschiedenster Mythen und Sagenwelten präsentiert. Die keltische Welt - insbesondere Elemente aus dem gleichnamigen Lied „Siuil, a Run“ - wird als Basis, mit Anlehnungen an andere Welten gewürzt. Die Geschichte wirkt im ersten Band zeitlos, man kann nicht ausnehmen, wann diese Geschichte spielt und noch weniger wo genau. Das rückt die beiden Figuren und deren emotionale Verbindung noch mehr in den Vordergrund und baut eine atmosphärische Spannung auf. Dies verstärkt sich in der zweiten Hälfte des Bandes als andere Charaktere auftauchen, welche für mich eher das Gefühl von „Fremden“ erzeugt haben. Das kleine Mädchen und der Doktor sind regelmäßig im Dialog und vermitteln eine besondere Nähe; bis zum Ende bleibt unklar was dazu geführt hat. Jedoch wirkt es nie deplatziert, das Mädchen sieht in dem Doktor keinen Fremden, eher im Gegenteil, dieser ist für sie ein Freund geworden. Der Doktor selbst, dieses Wesen, verspürt mehr als nur Verantwortung. Die Geschichte der Beiden wird sehr langsam erzählt und ist erfüllt von kindlich naiver Verspieltheit und fantastischer Geheimnisse.Grafisch ist es Schwarz/Weiß mit vielen Graubereichen gehalten, sehr grob und viele Striche, die verfügbaren Flächen bis zum Rand genutzt. Dies unterstützt die erzählerische Atmosphäre ungemein, fördert sie gar. Details sind dort vorhanden, wo sie für die Geschichte notwendig sind, andere Stellen fühlen sich wie große schwarze Flächen an, wo die weißen Flächen hervorblitzen. Gesamt-Fazit: Ein Märchen-Mix mit klassischer Erzählweise, atmosphärisch schön, erfüllt mit fantastischen Elementen in schaurige Form gepackt. Genau mein Fall!
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  • Amparo
    January 1, 1970
    No puedo más que recomendar este manga aunque solo he leído el primer tomo. La elegancia, delicadeza, ternura sin ñoñeria de la historia y el dibujo sin obviar la necesaria presencia ominosa en cualquier cuento de hadas, que sin embargo presente en todo momento, además de la maestría del autor en introducirnos sin más que un breve preámbulo en su mundo para ir descubriéndonos poco a poco su razón de ser... Excelente.
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  • Lin
    January 1, 1970
    Dark and simply awesome
  • Mathilde Paulsen
    January 1, 1970
    This manga is really gorgeous. I love the art and the story so far! I'm very intrigued and I can't wait to get my hands on the next ones in the series!This is a story about the outside, where monsters roam and all who touch them are cursed, and the inside, where normal humans live. It's the tale of two unlikely friends, an outsider and an insider who somehow has ended up together. I find it almost remarkable how this story manages to be both super dark and very cute at the same time! Will defini This manga is really gorgeous. I love the art and the story so far! I'm very intrigued and I can't wait to get my hands on the next ones in the series!This is a story about the outside, where monsters roam and all who touch them are cursed, and the inside, where normal humans live. It's the tale of two unlikely friends, an outsider and an insider who somehow has ended up together. I find it almost remarkable how this story manages to be both super dark and very cute at the same time! Will definitely be reading the whole series, asap!
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  • Shea
    January 1, 1970
    So goddamn pure
  • Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
    January 1, 1970
    > 4/4.5Picked this up on a total whim, after hearing about it online a few days ago and buying the first instalment. Simple but lovely worldbuilding and haunting character designs and graphics make this a really fascinating spin on the monster in the woods tale.
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